Athletes of the Week
Nicole Krauter, a freshman on the women’s gymnastics team, opened her collegiate career, finishing second on beam with a 9.850 and boosting the Buckeye beam score to a 48.625 Jan. 10 at then-No. 12 Arkansas. Krauter helped the Buckeyes to a team score of 194.625, a program-best tally at a season opener, adding a 9.750 on floor and a 9.675 to tie for fifth on vault. This week the Scarlet and Gray jump to the No. 12-spot in the national polls, marking the first time the team has been nationally ranked in the Top 15 since March 3, 2001 when they held the 12th position.
After taking a redshirt in 2008, Burkley Showe, a junior on the men’s diving team, earned his first two wins of the 2009 season on the 1- and 3-meter springboard to help Ohio State to a 186.5-99.5 win over Wright State Jan. 9 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. A graduate of Thomas Worthington High School in Columbus, Showe scored two Buckeye diving season highs with a 429.23 on the 3-meter and a 399.23 on the 1-meter.
Athletics Good Stuff
Men’s Basketball (10-3; 1-2 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State lost its second-consecutive conference road game, dropping, 67-58, at No. 8 Michigan State Jan. 6 in the Breslin Center before bouncing back with an 89-65 win over Houston Baptist Jan. 9 in Value City Arena.
Against Michigan State, freshman William Buford led the Buckeyes with 17 points. Sophomore Evan Turner played all 40 minutes, posting 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Classmate Jon Diebler also played the entire game, recording a team-high four assists while adding seven points and five boards.
With the win over Houston Baptist, Ohio State ended the season, 10-1, in nonconference play with its lone loss coming against West Virginia Dec. 27.
Ohio State recorded 55 first-half points against Houston Baptist, the highest output for a half this season by the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes opened the game on an 18-7 run, highlighted by Buford’s 11 first-half points. The freshman ended the night with 19.
Junior guard Jeremie Simmons went 2-for-3 from the 3-point line. He has made a three-point basket in 13-of-14 games this season.
Up Next: vs. Indiana, 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in Value City Arena (ESPN)
at Michigan, 8 p.m. Jan. 17 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (BTN)
No. 16/17 Women’s Basketball (14-2; 5-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State recorded a 67-35 victory over Big Ten Conference member Illinois Jan. 13, with the 35 points tying for the fewest points by an opponent this season. Delaware State also scored 35 back on Dec. 16.
The win was the eighth consecutive for the Buckeyes and the 11th in the last 12 games. The streak is the longest since the 2006-07 season when the Buckeyes won 17 in a row.
Jantel Lavender recorded her 13th double-double of the season already matching her total from last season and the 26th of her career with 14 points and 14 rebounds. The sophomore has scored in double figures in all 47 career games. That streak is currently the sixth-longest in the country.
Lavender now has 886 career points in only 47 games and is on pace to become the second-fastest player in Ohio State history to eclipse 1,000 points. Katie Smith was the fastest at 52 games while Frani Washington did it in 56.
Senior Star Allen recorded her third-consecutive double-double and the ninth of her career with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Freshman Samantha Prahalis, who finished with a game-high nine assists, has dished out four or more in all but one game this season.
Last week, Lavender and Allen posted a pair of double-doubles to help Ohio State clinch its seventh-consecutive win with a 55-42 victory over Wisconsin Jan. 8 in Madison. Lavender had 16 points and 15 rebounds for while Allen posted 12 points and 11 boards.
Against the Badgers, junior guard Shavelle Little had four more steals Jan. 8, giving her a Big Ten-best 17 (4.25 per game) in four conference games.
Former Buckeye and two-time All-American Tracey (Hall) Yarbrough will have her No. 44 jersey retired at halftime of the Sunday, Feb. 15 game against Northwestern at Value City Arena. She will become just the second women’s basketball player at Ohio State to have her number retired after Katie Smith’s No. 30 was retired in January 2001.Hall played for the Buckeyes from 1985-88, earning first-team All-America honors in her last two seasons in becoming the Big Ten’s first two-time Kodak All-American.
Up Next: vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in Value City Arena (Big Ten Network)
Head Coach: Jim Tressel
Cris Carter, a wide receiver at Ohio State from 1984-86, is a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Carter, an All-American for the Buckeyes in 1986, made eight Pro Bowls in his 16 professional seasons with Philadelphia, Minnesota and Miami (1987-2002). Carter ranks third all-time in NFL history with 1,101 career receptions and fourth all-time with 130 touchdown receptions. Carter ranks second in Ohio State’s history with 168 career catches and 27 TD grabs. He is now a television analyst for ESPN.
Sophomore Dexter Larimore has been invited to display one of his art sculptures at the 2009 NCAA Convention Jan. 14 in Washington, D.C. The defensive tackle from Merrillville, Ind., also will be featured in the NCAA’s Champion magazine in the winter quarter edition. Larimore, a finance major, started working with clay as a child in his mother’s ceramics studio. Larimore continued to pursue his craft throughout school.
Head Coach: Jim Brown
Jim Brown, Ohio State head coach, has been named winner of the Labron Harris Sr. Award presented by E-Z-GO in cooperation with The PGA of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Harris Award is presented to the college or high school coach and PGA Professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game and represents the fi nest qualities the game has to offer.
The 2008-09 season is Brown’s 36th and final at Ohio State. He will conclude his coaching career as the longest serving head coach in Ohio State history and the longest serving coach in men’s golf in Big Ten history.
Former Buckeye Jack Nicklaus was named recipient of the GCAA Lifetime Achievement Award Jan. 6. Nicklaus, who will be become the fourth Lifetime Achievement honoree by the GCAA, will receive the award at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet Monday, Jan. 26, at the Doubletree Hotel at the entrance to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.
While at Ohio State, Nicklaus won both the Big Ten and NCAA Championship titles in 1961.
No. 3 Men’s Gymnastics
Head Coach: Miles Avery
Miles Avery, Ohio State head coach, announced senior Jake Bateman and junior Tai Lee captains of the preseason No. 3-ranked Buckeye squad as voted by their teammates Jan. 10 at the Varsity Exhibition at Steelwood Athletic Training Facility. The exhibition marks the end of preseason activities for Ohio State as it opens regular-season action at the 39th-annual Windy City Invitational at 8 p.m. Saturday in Chicago, Ill.
Up Next: at Windy City Invitational, 8 p.m. Jan. 17 in Chicago, Ill.
No. 12 Women’s Gymnastics (0-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
Ohio State posted a 194.625 to open its season on the road at No. 12 Arkansas Jan. 9 but fell to the Razorbacks who scored a 195.775.
The Buckeyes jumped to No. 12 nationally after posting the 194.625 on the road at Arkansas. It marks the first time the team has been nationally ranked in the Top 15 since March 3, 2001 when they held the 12th position.
Freshman Nicole Krauter opened her collegiate career finishing second on beam with a 9.850, boosting the Buckeye beam score to a 48.625. Classmate Taylor Jones took second in the meet on floor with a 9.825 and junior Beth Ann Ballard placed second on bars with a 9.800. Sophomore Rebecca Best led the Buckeyes on vault with a 9.800. On beam, Best tied with senior teammate, Kiki Holman, with a mark of 9.750 to place second.
On floor, the Buckeyes scored an event-high 48.825. The Buckeyes had five gymnasts score at or above a 9.700. Junior Hillary Dow and senior Alyssa Meyer both recorded a 9.775 on floor.
Ohio State finished with a team score of 48.750 on bars and a 48.375 on vault.
Up Next: vs. Maryland, 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in St. John Arena
No. 14 Men’s Hockey (15-6-1; 8-5-1-1 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
Ohio State completed its series sweep of Bowling Green with a 4-3 overtime win Jan. 10 in the BGSU Ice Arena. The Buckeyes led 3-2 at the end of the second period and carried the lead until the Falcons tied the game with 1:09 left in regulation. Kyle Reed won it for the Buckeyes, putting in the rebound of a Corey Toy shot at 2:44 of the extra period. John Albert also assisted on the goal, his career-best third helper of the game.
The win moves the Buckeyes’ winning streak to 10 games, the longest current streak in the nation.
In the first game, freshman Ian Boots had a team-best three points as the Buckeyes defeated the Falcons, 8-5, Jan. 9. It was the Buckeyes’ first Central Collegiate Hockey Association game since Nov. 29.
After trailing early in the first, the Buckeyes scored four-consecutive goals to go ahead, 5-2, and led 6-3 at the end of the second period. Sophomores Patrick Schafer and Peter Boyd and senior Corey Elkins each had a goal and an assist for two points for the Buckeyes.
Up Next: at Ferris State, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 16 in Big Rapids, Mich.
at Ferris State, 5:05 p.m. Jan. 17 in Big Rapids, Mich.
Women’s Hockey (6-14-2; 4-11-1-1 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
Freshmen forwards Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner extended their point streaks to six games, but Ohio State fell to No. 2 Minnesota, 9-2, Jan. 9 at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes twice held a one-goal lead in the opening five minutes of the game, but the Golden Gophers took charge and scored eight unanswered goals over the next 55 minutes for the win.
McIntosh opened the scoring just 2:50 into the first period and was assisted by senior co-captain Hayley Klassen, her 12th helper of the year. For Ohio State’s second goal, senior defenseman Megan Hostasek picked up the puck from Spooner and fired a shot that pinged into the goal from the blue line. It was the first goal for Hostasek since Jan. 19, 2007 a stretch of 65 games for the native of Kimberley, British Columbia.
The Buckeyes dropped the second game of the two-game series, 12-1, Jan. 10. Minnesota scored four goals in each period as the Buckeyes recorded its largest defeat in team history.
Up Next: vs. St. Cloud State, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 16 at OSU Ice Rink
vs. St. Cloud State, 2:07 p.m. Jan. 17 at OSU Ice Rink
No. 10 Men’s Swimming and Diving (6-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coaches: Bill Wadley and Vince Panzano
Ohio State improved its record to 6-0 this season with a 186.5-99.5 win over Wright State Jan.9 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes won 13 of the 14 swimming events plus Burkley Showe topped all scorers on both the one- and three-meter springboard events.
Leading the way in the pool for Ohio State was sophomore Quincy Lee, who took first in the 200 freestyle and 50 butterfly. Nine other Buckeyes captured one win apiece to lead another victory.
Up Next: vs. Indiana, Missouri, Noon Jan. 17 in Bloomington, Ind.
Women’s Swimming and Diving (4-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coaches: Bill Dorenkott and Vince Panzano
Ohio State opened 2009 with a 177-109 win over Wright State Jan. 9 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Senior Griet Buelens and sophomore Samantha Cheverton led the way for the Buckeyes. Buelens captured wins in 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle and Cheverton won the 50 backstroke and the 400 individual medley.
Up Next: vs. Indiana, Missouri, Noon Jan. 17 in Bloomington, Ind.
No. 1 Men’s Tennis
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State was named the ITA NCAA Division I preseason No. 1-ranking Jan. 6, entering the 2009 spring season. The top ranking is the first in Buckeye program history and the men’s tennis team becomes the first Ohio State team to earn a preseason No. 1-ranking since football in 2006.
Senior Bryan Koniecko sits at No. 1 in the singles rankings while teammates Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge rank Nos. 3 and 6, respectively. Koniecko becomes the first Buckeye in the top singles seed since current assistant coach Jeremy Wurtzman in 2004. This ranking comes after Koniecko took the crown at both the 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional with teammate Kronauge receiving runner-up awards in both.
Ohio State is the only team to have three student-athletes ranked in the Top 10 singles. Balazs Novak ranks No. 38 and Shuhei Uzawa sits at No. 78.
In doubles, Moneke and Novak rank No. 11 as the top Buckeye doubles squad. Koniecko and Kronauge pair at No. 31, while Novak and Mike O’Connell rank No. 41.
Up Next: hosting Scarlet and Gray Scrimmage, TBA Jan. 16-17 at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
Men’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Robert Gary
Ohio State cruised to an easy victory Jan. 10 at the 2009 Rev. Mike Hout Invitational on the campus of Capital University. The Buckeyes won by a combined team score of 233 points. Heidelberg finished second with a score of 137 followed by West Virginia Wesleyan at 117.
The Buckeyes swept the top four spots in the shot put and weight throw. Ohio State was led by Patrick Whalen in the shot put, who threw 59-00.75. He was followed by second-place Matt DeChant (55-01.00), third-place Tyler Branch (52-04.75) and fourth-place Aaron Crabtree (52-01.00). In the weight throw Branch took top honors with his throw of 56-10.25. He was followed by DeChant (55-05.50), Max Mays (55-01.00) and Crabtree (53-0.700).
In the high jump, Ryan Blake placed first with his jump of 6 feet, 7.5 inches. Bryan Chard and Anthony Amore placed first and second in the pole vault, clearing 16 feet and 15 feet, 7 inches, respectively. The long jump saw Pat Reichart and Steve MacDonald take second and third, respectively, with jumps of 22-05.25 and 21-11.0 while Christian Blauvelt bested the field in the triple jump with a mark of 42-03.50.
Jonathan Francois placed first in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.29 while Stephen Robinson and James Manley took first and second in the 60m dash with times of 6.84 and 6.96, respectively. In the 400m dash, Matt Comer and Thomas Murdaugh each crossed the finish line at 48.99, sweeping the top two spots. Meanwhile, Brandon Woodard and Elon Simms took first and second in the 500m run with times of 1:05.01 and 1:07.67, respectively. The 800m run saw Robert Orellana (1:59.12) and Will Knickel (2:00.87) take the top two spots.
Both Buckeye 4x200m and 4x400m teams placed first to round out the top performers for Ohio State.
Up Next: at The Dual vs. Michigan, All Day Jan. 17 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Women’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Karen Dennis
Ohio State opened the season with a strong performance at the 2009 Rev. Mike Hout Invitational on the campus of Capital University Jan. 10. Ohio State won with a combined team score of 269.50, defeating second-place Ohio University by 144.5 points.
In the field, Ashley Galbraith took first in the high jump, leaping 5-07.75. In the pole vault, Alexa Dorricott and Katie Reid took second and third with marks of 11-00.25 and 10-06.00, respectively. Sweeping the top two spots in the long jump were Bridget Jacobs (18-04.50) and Kelcey McKinney (17-11.50). Maggie Mullen was the top performer in the throws with a second-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 43-07.75.
Led by Letecia Wright, the Buckeyes took home the top three spots in the 60m hurdles. Wright was first with a time of 8.57, followed by Alana Gray at 8.79 and Christina Manning at 8.82. Wright nearly missed the NCAA qualifying time in the 60m dash as well, placing first in the event with a time of 7.66. Manning would go on to place first in the 300m dash in a time of 44.06.
In the 800m run, the Buckeyes swept the top four spots, led by Emily Thompson who ran 2:16.26. The Buckeyes also took the top four spots in the 3000m run, led by Ellen Birmingham at 10:29.51. Shaniqua McGinnis placed first in the 400m dash with a time of 59.37 while Gray took first in the 500m with a time of 1:22.71.
The distance medley and 4x200m relay teams each finished first to round out the top performers.
Up Next: at Kentucky Invitational, All Day Jan. 16-17 in Lexington, Ky.
No. 10 Men’s Volleyball (0-3; 0-0 MIVA)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State fell to No. 13 Hawaii, 3-0 (27-30, 24-30, 29-31) in the opening round of the 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational Jan. 8 in the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. Buckeye John Albertson scored a team-high 12.5 points for Ohio State with seven kills, two solo blocks and seven assist blocks. Teammates Kevin Heine and Robbie Klein added 12 points each in the opening match of the 2009 season. Heine posted nine kills and six assist blocks while Klein had 10 kills and four assist blocks.
In their second match of the tournament, the Buckeyes dropped a 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-19) decision to No. 1 Penn State Jan. 9. Ohio State’s Ted Schoenfeldt collected a team-high 14 points for the Buckeyes with 13 kills and an ace serve. Klein added 11.5 points with 11 kills and an assist block.
Ohio State dropped to 0-3 on the season, after losing a close 3-1 (30-18, 30-28, 25-30, 31-29) decision to No. 7 Southern California, losing two of three games by two points. Klein posted a team-high 21.5 points for Ohio State with 18 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and three assist blocks while Schoenfeldt added 14.5 points for OSU with 12 kills, an ace serve and three assist blocks.
For his play over the weekend, Klein was named the Outrigger Hotels All-Tournament team.
Up Next: vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in St. John Arena
vs. Juniata, 2 p.m. Jan. 18 in St. John Arena
No. 6 Wrestling (8-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
Ohio State wrestled back to a fifth-place finish Jan. 11 at the 2009 National Duals, defeating No. 11 Minnesota, 25-12, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After falling to No. 3 in Cornell in the quarterfinals Saturday, the Buckeyes recorded victories against No. 5 Missouri (23-19), No. 16 Boise State (21-12) and Minnesota to earn fifth-place.
After downing No. 21 Northern Iowa, 32-12, the Buckeyes dropped a 17-16 decision to No. 3 Cornell in dramatic fashion Jan. 10 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. With the Buckeyes holding a slim 16-13 lead heading into the final bout at 157 pounds, a major decision (10-2) by the Big Red’s 2008 NCAA Champion Jordan Leen over Buckeye Jason Johnstone lifted Cornell to victory.
Wrestling at 174 pounds, junior Dave Rella scored Ohio State’s biggest win with a 13-3 major decision over Golden Gopher Kaleb Young. In three periods of work, Rella, a Youngstown, Ohio, native recorded five takedowns.
The Scarlet and Gray also received wins from No. 8-ranked Reece Humphrey, No. 14 J Jaggers, No. 4 Lance Palmer, No. 4 Colt Sponseller and No. 2 Mike Pucillo in the win over Minnesota.
Pucillo was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference announced Jan. 6. It was the Cuyahoga, Ohio, native’s first weekly award of the season and the second of his career. A product of Walsh Jesuit High School, Pucillo recorded his second win against a ranked opponent to propel Ohio State over Kent State, 20-15, Sunday. The top-ranked Pucillo held off No. 6 Dustin Kilgore with two takedowns and an escape in the 6-1 victory at 184 pounds to extend the Buckeye lead to 10-0 early in the dual match. This marks the second win over a ranked opponent for Pucillo, who made his 2008-09 season debut with a win over 10th-ranked Chris Honeycutt of Edinboro on Dec. 14.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
MBKB vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena
WBKB vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena
Jan. 16 – 17
MTEN hosting Scarlet and Gray Scrimmage, TBA
The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
Jan. 16 – 19
WTEN at National Collegiate Tennis Championships, All Day
Palm Desert, Calif.
WTRK at Kentucky Invitational, All Day
FEN at Division I NAC, All Day
MVB vs. Stanford, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena
MHKY at Ferris State, 7:05 p.m.
Big Rapids, Mich.
WHKY vs. St. Cloud State, 7:07 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink
PISTOL vs. U.S. Naval Academy, TBA
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall
SYNCH hosting U.S. National Team Trials, All Day
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
RIFLE at U.S. Military Academy (Army), TBA
MTRK at The Dual vs. Michigan, All Day
Ann Arbor, Mich.
WTRK at Kentucky Invitational, All Day
WSWM vs. Indiana, Missouri, Noon
MSWM vs. Indiana, Missouri, Noon
WHKY vs. St. Cloud State, 2:07 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink
MHKY at Ferris State, 5:05 p.m.
Big Rapids, Mich.
WGYM vs. Maryland, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena
MGYM at Windy City Invitational, 8 p.m.
MBKB at Michigan, 8 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
RIFLE at Penn State, TBA
State College, Pa.
MVB vs. Juniata, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena